I saw an article in World Magazine this morning. I’ve never heard of it—I guess I’m not as well read as I might have thought—but the people we’re staying with here in California subscribe to it.
It has an article on a man named William T. Snead, who died on the Titanic, his second shipwreck.
He was a Christian and a magazine editor. As an editor, he covered the Welsh revival of 1904 – 1906. I thought his comments about it, given in the April 10, 2010 issue of World, in an article called "Going on its own" (sic) were worth repeating.
He was asked, "But is it all emotion? Is there no teaching?"
Precious little. Do you think that teaching is what people want in a revival? These people, all the people in a land like ours, are taught to death, preached to insensibility. They all know the essential truths. They know they are not living as they ought to live, and no amount of teaching will add anything to that conviction. To hear some people talk you would imagine that the best way to get a sluggard out of bed is to send a tract on astronomy showing him that according to the fixed and eternal law the sun will rise at a certain hour in the morning.
It probably goes without saying, doesn’t it, that this applies with surgical precision to America today?
For those of you that might actually be reading this, maybe we can talk in the comment section about what we should be doing in the place of continuing to teach people to death.